Biography: Questions for Consideration and Discussion Do you think there can be set rules for biography? What do you think are the particular challenges of writing literary biography? Do you think biography should tell the whole truth? What do you think is the relationship between different kinds of “life-writing”: diaries, memoirs, letters, autobiography, biography? Could you have a biography of a river, or a city, or a disease? Do you think men’s and women’s lives have been written about in different ways, and if so, why?
"Distinguished writer, reviewer, and biographer Lee...details the biography as an autopsy, a posthumous exercise in scrutiny, and a portrait that captures characterization, referencing many works of classic British biography to show the changes in the writing form from the Victorian era through the golden ages and modern times...Students of biography and writing will appreciate the broad overview packed into this succinct work." --Library Journal